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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:37

Wisconsin football coaches select players from Port, Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee for July 15 games

This year’s Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games will feature several familiar local names.

Six players — two each — from Port Washington, Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee were selected for teams that will play in the large and small-school games July 15 in Oshkosh.

The North Large roster includes Port offensive lineman Tyler Beach and running back Matt Ruppel.

The South Small team includes Cedar Grove-Belgium’s state record-breaking quarterback Josh Weiss and wide receiver Reid Hilbelink and Ozaukee’s quarterback Joe Lippe and offensive lineman Anthony Rauch.

Lippe is listed as a utility player on the roster.

All four head coaches in the Ozaukee Press coverage area are assisting on the teams. Port’s John Bunyan, who was named the North Shore Coach of the Year, and Grafton’s Sean Behrend will be assistant coaches for the North Large team.

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Dan Schreurs and Ozaukee’s Jim Lippe will help coach the South Small team.

Beach was named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Associated Press all-state first teams and is believed to be the only lineman ever chosen the North Shore Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Beach often blocked two defenders at once in helping the Pirates averaged nearly 255 yards rushing per game.

The highest recruited lineman in the state, 6 foot-6, 285-pound Beach accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Wisconsin-Madison next season. He was recruited by several major college programs, including Notre Dame and Michigan.

Behind Beach, Ruppel was the one racking up most of Port’s rushing yards. He led the conference in rushing for the second straight season, totaling 1,197 yards and averaging 7.4 yards per carry. He scored 18 touchdowns.

Ruppel broke the school record for career touchdowns with 43.

Beach and Ruppel’s play helped Port qualify for the WIAA playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Weiss and Hilbelink lit up the scoreboard in leading the Rockets to a 12-2 record and the Division 5 state title game.

Weiss made the WFCA all-state team and the AP second team. He completed 253 of 356 passes (71.1%) for 4,231 yards and 59 touchdowns, the latter both single-season state records.

In the state final against Amherst, Weiss completed 36 of 51 passes for 383 yards and five touchdowns, all-division single-game records for yards, completions, attempts and touchdowns.

Hilbelink, Weiss’ cousin and favorite target, was named to the WFCA and AP all-state first teams.

Hilbelink caught 97 passes for 1,985 yards and 24 touchdowns, setting single-season state marks for yards and scoring receptions. His single-season yardage total ranks 19th on the all-time national list, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations,

In the state final, Hilbelink set an all-divisions record of 14 catches for a Division 5 mark of 164 yards. His single-game yards are second all-time across all divisions.

Joe Lippe led Ozaukee to an 8-0 record in the Big East Conference and a share of the league title with Hilbert. The Warriors finished 10-2 overall.

Lippe completed 112 of 199 passes for 1,953 yards and 25 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He also ran 122 times for 530 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Rauch (6-2, 252) was a four-year varsity starter and earned All-Big East first-team honors. He helped block for a team that collected up more than 2,000 yards each rushing and passing, including 30 rushing touchdowns and 27 passing scores.

Leading up to the all-star games, players are required to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

The games will be played in Titan Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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